Of the 5-Human Senses Are Loss Of Smell And Taste Compensated By The US Department of Veterans Affairs!

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Quick question, brought to my attention, by local Gulf Coast VA/VISN-16 vet whom could not smell smoke when returned from OIF/OEF!

Of the 5-human senses (see for example only The Five (and More) Senses ) are the loss-degradation of senses of smell and taste compensated by the US Department of Veterans Affairs.

Could find nothing on smell in NVLSP Veterans Benefits Manual on smell!! (see for example Home - Products By NVLSP )

If they are are soldiers returning from various places around the Globe in the "never ending story" of the Global War on Terror, being screened for issues such as these upon return from deployment in whatever "scenic vacation" spot they were deployed by the US Government?

Believe USA Today had recent poll on what veterans and general public thought, about OEF/OIF/Syria, etc... might be worth looking into- perhaps?

Anyway, would be most appreciative if someone highly knowledgeable this wed-site could advise or add clarity to this question as think all 5-Senses the human body vital- why in Vietnam SOG MACV personnel and others ate local food, perhaps utilized tobacco products, etc... before going into bush on patrol-mission, so smelled like their enemies, to avoid compromise/detection on things like recon-scouting patrols, ambushes, sniper operations etc....!

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After coming home from OIF in 2009, I lost about 90% of my sense of smell. The only things I can smell at all have to be very strong, like a skunk, but for me it’s just a mild whiff.
 

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After coming home from OIF in 2009, I lost about 90% of my sense of smell. The only things I can smell at all have to be very strong, like a skunk, but for me it’s just a mild whiff.
Tony292- those never smelled a skunk do not realize just how significant that is. Were you sprayed by it- hope not because very hard to get off/out- and could not imagine with 90% loss of smell probably could tell if got it all off...LOL, LOL?

Also looking quickly at you rated conditions do not see where tested for "smell" nor compensated for it- but could have missed-perhaps. So where were you tested and how to determine 90% loss sense of smell?

And was hoping a super-moderator or so could actually at clarity to this issue.....????

Thanks Tony292......

PS: Apparently another local vet Gulf Coast VA called Public Affairs and found out the Dir (ret. USAF) of Gulf Coast VA supposedly going to start having meetings the 4th Friday of every month at BLDG. 53 in Bilioxi MS HQ- as sort of a tell it to the Dir sort of thing, from 1300-1500. Apparently this vet, realizing Gulf Coast VA streches from Bilioxi MS to past Panama City, FL asked if going to start doing VTC- as those Eglin AFB, OPC, Panama City, etc.. would most likely have spend night on road- that is quite a burden, unless of course travel pay and lodging costs covered to assist those wanting to attend-perhaps? Or, supposedly this vet asked, better yet, is Dir. actually going to get out of "secure" office and visit all clinics like Eglin, OPC regularly, and host these affairs on the local level? Supposedly Public Affairs had no reply or knowledge of any of this?

Finally, another Gulf Coast VA Vet, with phone and apparently clerk issues (as do supposedly doctors trying schedule appointments) Gulf Coast VA, finally got names of Communications Officer- Leslie Simms, and Head of MAS Clerks- Michael Thomas and 2nd Teresa Oliver- when they had supposedly been give other names not remotely associated these Dept. Gulf Coast VA! Then when asked be transferred by Gulf Coast VA phone Operators to Michael Thomas and 2nd Teresa Oliver- told by operators not protocol for a veteran to talk Senior leadership directly Gulf Coast VA and refused to transfer!

Funny, apparently one used to be able to email directly a former Head of The Entire US department of Vet Affairs and get action, if warranted, taken? So how can one supposedly, in past, communicate Head US Federal Agency, but not the mere peons at the local VA level?????
 
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Tony292- thanks again reply- had to look up your 60% pulmonary residuals of Myasthenia gravis as did not know what it was! Those others possibly interested see: Myasthenia Gravis Fact Sheet | National Institute of Neurological Disorders and Stroke for example....

Also found this for loss of taste and smell....those interested please see: Military Disability Ratings for Taste and Smell Conditions for an example- but still requires some clarification as honestly could not find in the NVSLP books which are supposedly the bible most US VA disability attorneys and judges utilize...but could have missed....

Thanks again Tony292, and hopefully will not ecounter anymore "skunks".....

PS:

Those earned CIB in global war on terror, etc... might be interested in the "Combat Infantrymans Assoication" ???? See perhaps Combat Infantrymen's Association

Others may be interested in the following:



Thanks and best wishes.....and hope some better clarification those more knowledgeable....
 

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Tony292- and those interested also found this on sense of smell:

-https://www.benefits.va.gov/compensation/dbq_ListBySymptom.asp below in "cited" from listed website:

"Ear, Nose, and Throat
Conditions - SymptomsForm Name
Evaluation of various conditions of the ear including: infections, dizziness, vertigo, acoustic tumors and other conditions with ringing in the ears (tinnitus).Ear Condition (including: Vestibular and Infectious Conditions)
Evaluation of Anosmia (inability to detect any odor), Hyposmia (reduced ability to detect odors), Ageusia (complete lack of taste), Hypogeusia (decrease in sense of taste) and other conditions affecting the sense of smell and taste.Loss of Sense of Smell and/or Taste
Evaluation of conditions affecting, the sinuses, nose, throat, larynx, and pharynx, including, but not limited to deviated nasal septum and organic aphonia, vocal chord problems.Sinusitis, Rhinitis, and other Conditions of the Nose, Throat, Larynx, and Pharynx
Endocrinological"

Hope this assist someone out there......

PS: Tony292 might be interested in the following...LOL:

-https://www.skedaddlewildlife.com/how-to-neutralize-skunk-odor/

Other male veterans may be interested in the following:

-https://www.veteranslawblog.org/va-disability-rating-for-erectile-dysfunction/

Once again hope this assists some those suffering this condition, as well......??????
 

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Tony292 - others might be interested in https://www.vba.va.gov/pubs/forms/VBA-21-0960N-3-ARE.pdf for those perhaps have issues sense of smell and considering filing a claim....???

For illustration, of the importance and practicality of this to active duty soldiers please see -as an example only -some of the following:

- The Smell of War "The Smell of War To improve its virtual-reality simulators, the military wants to incorporate smell. For help, it's turning to Hollywood" By James Vlahos August 1, 2006

- STOP, Look, Listen, Smell (SLLS): Fine Tune Your Senses - The Company Leader "SLLS – Fine Tune Your Senses" by Raymond Hanson

- Spy Game - Wikipedia
"Spy Game" From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia (good visuals on one of main character living in a special compound in Vietnam - eating, cooking, and basically living like local Vietnamese Population...in order smell like them....)

Anyway hope this greatly assist's.....

PS: Might want see following web-links, as examples only, on "tests" for smell and taste:

- https://scholar.google.com/scholar?q=quick+smell+identification+test&hl=en&as_sdt=0&as_vis=1&oi=scholart

- Taste Disorders

(Still issues this website...)
 
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